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CF library turns to star power to help fund media center

June 1, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.

On Saturday, June 7, the spotlight will be on the community's quaint, 104-year-old public library on Central Street, where Baldwin will receive a key to the city of Central Falls from Mayor James Diossa and attend a private VIP reception. Following that, the award-winning television, film and stage actor will travel to Fete in Providence, where he will be performing readings of classic literary works as part of a fundraiser entitled “Baldwin for Books.”

Baldwin’s much anticipated appearance came about when Library Director Joel Pettit decided to write the actor a letter and ask. For the past few years, Baldwin has donated to the library in a city he has never set foot in after reading a New York Times article about its financial woes. He has now contributed a total of $15,000.

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.

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